Happy Friday Cord Cutters and Happy New Year!
The cord cutting revolution exploded in 2017, and the trend is picking up even more momentum as we go into 2018. As usual, we'll be here keeping you tuned in to the news, gear, how-tos, and more to help you watch the TV you want, when you want, and on the device you already own.
Today we're talking about inbound price hikes from most pay TV providers, and an updated Cord Cutting 101 to help you or your non-cord cutting friends avoid forking out even more money this year.
We've also got an update on the Amazon/Google feud, details on an antenna offer from Mohu, and this week's must-see TV!
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OK... now let's get to it!
NEWS: Pay TV Providers Ringing in New Year with Price Hikes
This month (or shortly), at least 6 of the biggest pay TV providers in the US are raising prices by at least $5-$10 or more. And that's just on the packages themselves, not including all of the various fees and taxes!
So, if canceling cable is on your New Year's resolution list, you've gotta check out our updated Cord Cutting 101 guide for 2018.
The guide lays out four easy steps to successfully and painlessly transition away from cable, and includes links to handy tools and tips for beginners and even those who are still perfecting their cord cutting setups.
Check it out, and make sure to share it with friends and family who need to get with the cord cutting program!
NEWS: Fire TV Users Redirected to Browser Version of YouTube
The drama between Google and Amazon continued over the holidays as a browser redirect was put in place for Fire TV users launching the Google-owned YouTube app.
It's not clear which side made the change, given you can still access YouTube by sideloading the app, this change may have come from Amazon in anticipation of Google pulling it completely from Amazon devices.
Need a primer on how continue using the original YouTube app on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick? The good folks at AFTVnews.com have a great tutorial.
GEAR: Mohu's New 'Risk-Free TV' Antenna Guarantee
We all know that an Over-the-Air TV antenna is one of key tools every cord cutter needs. But even if you do your research, sometimes choosing the right antenna for your location can require a bit of trial and error.
The good folks at Mohu have solved that by instituting a 'risk-free TV' guarantee on their basic Mohu Leaf 50 amplified antenna.
If you buy a Leaf 50 and you find you need a TV antenna with more power, or designed to bring in trickier VHF-band stations, they'll credit the full purchase price towards a different Mohu product. Plus, they'll even let you keep the Leaf 50!
It's a pretty sweet deal for new cord cutters looking to try OTA TV, so don't miss out!
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, this week there's lots of great live TV events coming to you FREE with an antenna including:
- Comedian Ricky Gervais and former Wonder Years star Fred Savage team up with a panel of kids on the new family-friendly game show Child Support - January 5 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Catch Olympic hopefuls as they compete in the 2018 US Figure Skating Championships - January 5-6-7 on NBC
- Seth Meyers hosts The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - January 7 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
- Canadians can check out the new legal drama Burden of Truth starring Smallville's Kristin Kreuk - January 10 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Also new on CBC, true crime series The Detectives which features interviews with the real-life investigators who worked the cases - January 10 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Canadians can also enjoy the new singing competition The Launch with Shania Twain - January 10 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CTV
- Didn't get enough figure skating over the weekend? Tune in to the special Truth & Lies: The Tonya Harding Story - January 11 @ 9:00 p.m. on ABC
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
CANADIAN CORNER: Survey on Canadian Viewing Habits Underway
The CRTC has commissioned Ekos Research to survey Canadian viewing/listening habits as part of an ongoing consultation on the future of programming distribution.
You can provide your input via an online survey which takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
The questions hope to answer:
- Why some Canadians still watch traditional TV and listen to traditional radio
- Why some Canadians only watch and listen to online content
- How important is programming made in Canada to Canadians
The survey defines 'traditional TV' as including Over-the-Air TV accessed with an antenna.
The results could affect future policies around continued support for OTA TV broadcasts and how on-demand and live TV streaming services are regulated. If you're a cord cutter, it's worth 10 minutes of your time to have your say.
We hope you enjoyed this edition of Cord Cutting This Week!
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